I knew I had read it earlier, but this News Tribune article reinforces what I read about our state’s chances for a Race to the Top grant. According to the governor we won’t be in the first round and we must see action by the 2010 legislature to position ourselves for round two. The comments following the article are also very interesting.
Will our legislature, given all the economic issues they face, give this initiative any real consideration? Will they, as the article suggests is needed, stand up to powerful constituent groups meaning WEA. If they do, will it result in change that positions the state for a proposal with some chance of being accepted and funded?
Though I don’t agree with the parameters or process established by this administration, it will be a shame if we do not see any of this revenue support young people and teachers in our state. We should not feel threatened by charters, we should be open to exploring new and creative ways to support teachers, we must find aditional ways to measure progress, we must understand that collaboration will be the only road to successful change that sustains over time, and above all we must find adaptive solutions to the growing list of demands that we face with dwindling resources.